Man sen­tenced for il­le­gal vac­cine trade

China Daily (Canada) - - ANALYSIS -

A court in Guanyun county, Jiangsu prov­ince, has sen­tenced Zong Ren­hong to five years and six months in prison for il­le­gal vac­cine traf­fick­ing. Zong was also fined 300,000 yuan ($47,300), ac­cord­ing to the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate. Zong’s case was re­lated to a scan­dal in Shan­dong prov­ince that came to light in 2016. A net­work for il­le­gal vac­cine sales was be­lieved to in­volve im­prop­erly stored or ex­pired vac­cines worth tens of mil­lions of yuan, which were sold il­le­gally in 20 pro­vin­cial-level re­gions. More than 300 peo­ple were later ar­rested and over 170 of­fi­cials were in­ves­ti­gated for in­volve­ment in the scan­dal. Zong pleaded guilty in court and said he would not ap­peal.

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